NEW YORK (25-Jan) -- Here at the 19th annual New Balance Games, an afternoon of fast times and close races brought fans to their feet at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory. Olympian Kim Conley set a new facility record for the women's mile with her 4:24.54 victory, while Duane Solomon captured the men's 600 meters and Lee Emanuel was king of the mile in tight finishes.
Conley's overwhelming win in the mile came as a surprise, as the Olympian at 5000m is thought of as a longer distance specialist. Yet, the 27-year-old knew she had a fast time in her legs.
"My goal was 4:24," said Conley, who ran 2:05.92 for 800 meters last week in Seattle on an over-sized track. "I didn't know that this was the race I was going to do it."
Immediately following pacesetter Stephanie Charnigo from the gun, Conley tucked in behind and passed 440 yards in 64.6 seconds. After reaching halfway in 2:10.3 --just a tad off the 2:10 requested of pacer Charnigo-- Conley felt comfortable, but also a bit baffled.